Fashion Scoops: The Thin Man … For Diversity’s Sake? … Per Usual, She Wrote …
THE THIN MAN: The fascination with Karl Lagerfeld’s diet just won’t quit. Lagerfeld said last week that he has been contacted by Pepsi-Cola about appearing in a campaign for Pepsi Light, known in the States as Diet Pepsi. The designer had...
THE THIN MAN: The fascination with Karl Lagerfeld’s diet just won’t quit. Lagerfeld said last week that he has been contacted by Pepsi-Cola about appearing in a campaign for Pepsi Light, known in the States as Diet Pepsi. The designer had a couture collection to get out and had little time to ponder the offer, but he is considering it. "It would be for print and TV," he said, noting his preference for Pepsi over its chief rival. "I’m a Pepsi drinker for a very specific reason: the fake sugar they use in France for Pepsi Cola gives a better taste than they put in Coca-Cola. In America, it’s different but here I prefer the French Pepsi."
So will he be a promoter? "I like the idea that I could do it. It’s fun, no? The idea is fun. It’s Pop, it’s very modern to do that. That a man of my age could do it…But I’m very popular with the young ones."
Why? "Because I’m not at all established as a bourgeois person in their eyes. I’m something that has nothing to do with anything. I’m a kind of invention."
FOR DIVERSITY’S SAKE?: Kasper ASL appears to have come up with a way to court discounters with the panache of its Anne Klein label without alienating its department and specialty store customers. A spokeswoman for Kasper confirmed that John Idol, its chief executive officer, has held recent discussions with J.C. Penney, Sears and Kohl’s, but she cautioned that the company has no programs or commitments in place with the chains and that all products bearing the name Anne Klein — basically Anne Klein New York and AK Anne Klein — would continue to be sold exclusively through department and specialty stores. Idol has reportedly come up with a strategy to tap into the lucrative discounter channel by reviving the house’s old A-Line offshoot that was discontinued several years back, sources said. And the move appears to have whetted the appetite of several of Kasper’s major competitors in possibly buying the whole company, which is being shopped by Peter J. Solomon. Virtually all of the biggies are said to be interested, including Liz Claiborne Inc., Jones Apparel Group, VF Corp. and Kellwood Co. — not to mention Idol himself.
PER USUAL, SHE WROTE: It could have been an extremely juicy read. But luxury analyst Claire Kent’s research report on 2002 sales of LVMH — which is suing her employer Morgan Stanley for $100 million for allegedly biased research and conflict of interest — was as no-nonsense as usual. Her comments, released Friday, did have the boilerplate statement about the lawsuit prominently in italics above all her comments. That was new. Otherwise, they read much like her report on LVMH 2001 sales a year ago. Then, she was "skeptical" of the French group’s forecast of a "vigorous rebound" in earnings. But this year, Kent was cautious, too. "All [LVMH] divisions beat our sales forecasts slightly, with the exception of wines and spirits," she wrote.
LUELLA, PLUS ONE: New York-based British designer Luella Bartley may need to hire some help at work and home. The designer and her boyfriend, photographer David Sims, are expecting a baby later this year. A spokeswoman for the designer confirmed that Bartley was three months’ pregnant, but declined further comment.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)